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U.S. 7th Fleet
Headquarters: Yokosuka, Japan
Mission: The U.S. 7th Fleet (C7F) operates in the largest of the U.S. Navy’s numbered fleets. At any given time there are 70-80 ships and submarines, 140 aircraft and approximately 40,000 Sailors and Marines in region.
C7F has maintained a continuous forward presence in the Indo-Asia Pacific since being founded in Australia in 1943, providing security and stability to the region, upholding key alliances and building upon maritime partnerships.
C7F uses both forward-deployed ships from Japan, Singapore, Guam and other locations as well as rotationally-deployed ships from the West Coast to execute military operations across the spectrum, from major combat operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
C7F forces operate in the region every day of the year and work closely to build partnerships with our allies, partners and friends while allowing for rapid response to any crisis, natural or man-made.
Building partnerships and familiarity helps improve stability through cooperation, avoid misunderstandings and prevents unnecessary military escalation. C7F units typically take part in 100 bilateral & multilateral exercises and 200 port visits each year, comprising 1,800 total days of engagement every year.
AO: Covers 48 million square miles of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, from the International Date Line to the India/Pakistan border and from the Kuril Islands in the north to the Antarctic in the south. The region Includes 36 maritime countries, more than 50 percent of the world’s population, 3,000 languages and seven of the world’s 10 largest militaries. The U.S. maintains mutual defense treaties with five allies in the region to include the Philippines, Australia, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Thailand.
Flagship: USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)
Cooking For His Shipmates, Bettering Himself
PHILIPPINE SEA — The Navy has culinary specialists on its vessels to feed the crew a healthy diet. On the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), Culinary Specialist Seaman Apprentice Marcus Wallace is a cook for the ship.
McGovern takes over as PHIBRON 11 Commodore
SASEBO, Japan -- Capt. Jim McGovern relieved Capt. Ed Thompson as commodore of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 at a change of command ceremony aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), June 1.
Sailors of Benfold: Fireman Jonathan Pipes
PHILIPPINE SEA (June 5, 2018) Fireman Jonathan Pipes, speaks during an interview aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anna Van Nuys/Released)
Benfold Arrives in Guam
SANTA RITA, Guam — The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) arrived in Santa Rita, Guam, for a regularly scheduled port visit, June 5.
Change of Command 2018
Capt. Jim McGovern salutes the sideboys after assuming command of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 during the conclusion of a change of command ceremony aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). McGovern relieved Capt. Ed Thompson as commodore PHIBRON 11 and will now lead the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious squadron consisting of USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Green Bay (LPD 20), USS Ashland (LSD 48), and Germantown.
Benfold Celebrates Memorial Day with Promotion Ceremony
PHILIPPINE SEA – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold frocked 38 first, second and third class petty officers and promoted six ensigns to lieutenant junior grade on the ship’s flight deck, during a Memorial Day celebration May 28.
Pacific Partnership kicks off in Thailand for first time
PATTAYA, Thailand - Pacific Partnership 2018, the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) preparedness mission, kicked off aboard the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) in Sattahip, May 20.
Wasp Completes Historic Patrol in Indo-Pacific
SASEBO, Japan — The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) returned to Sasebo, Japan on April 26 after nearly two months of operations in the Indo-Pacific with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
2018 SWO Summit Concludes in Yokosuka
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) — The 2018 Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) Summit concluded in Yokosuka, Japan, April 20 after a week of discussions, lessons and career advancement initiatives.
Curtis Wilbur Slideshow
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) fires the 50 caliber Machine in support of their recent highly successful Surface Warfare 2.4 certification event.
Junior Officers Gain Valuable Experiences on MSC Bridge
YOKOSUKA (NNS) – Junior officers from U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) recently gained valuable experience aboard USNS Walter S. Diehl (TA-O 193) as part of an effort to qualify watchstanders while Blue Ridge continues a vital maintenance and upkeep period pier-side in Yokosuka.
Antietam Leads Surface To Air Missile Exercise in MultiSail 18
PHILIPPINE SEA – The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) led Surface to Air Missile Exercise (SAMEX) during MultiSail 18 with U.S. Naval Forces and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces (JMSDF) March 10, 2018 in the Philippine Sea.
USS Antietam Sailors Visits Guam High School
AGANA HEIGHTS, Guam - Sailors assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) visited Guam High School to speak to the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) Panther Company students during class March 5.
F-35Bs join Wasp for historic Indo-Pacific deployment
EAST CHINA SEA — F-35B Lightning II's with Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) aboard amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), the first time the aircraft has deployed aboard a U.S. Navy ship and with a Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Indo-Pacific.
Sterett Crosses into 7th Fleet
PACIFIC OCEAN – San Diego-based Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) entered the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations on March 3.
Honolulu Native Serves Aboard USS Antietam
PHILIPPINE SEA (NNS) -- A Honolulu native and 2005 Wallace Ryder Farrington High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam.
USS Mustin Arrives in Otaru Japan
OTARU, Japan (NNS) – The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) arrived for its third port visit to Otaru, Japan, Feb. 2.
USS Wasp Receives Retention Excellence Award
SASEBO, Japan - The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) was selected Jan. 25 to receive the FY17 Navy Retention Excellence Award (REA) less than two weeks after pulling into their new home port of Sasebo, Japan.
USS Germantown Conducts Stern Gate Marriage
SASEBO, Japan - USS Germantown (LSD 42) conducted a stern gate marriage with a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) vehicle from Navy Beach Unit 7 (NBU-7) as part of her certifying events on Jan. 18.
5 Things to Know about Wasps Move to Japan
Best, most advanced capabilities – forward. That paradigm is why USS Wasp (LHD 1), an amphibious assault ship that has undergone significant overhaul and systems upgrades over the last few years...
America and San Diego depart Guam
The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22), both part of the America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), along with embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), departed Guam Jan. 12 following a scheduled port visit.
Bonhomme Richard Departs Sasebo
SASEBO, Japan - The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 23, to conduct its second day of a Readiness for Sea Assessment following the completion of a four-month in port maintenance period.
USS Germantown Holds Change of Command in Homeport Sasebo Japan
In front of more than 300 special guests, Sailors, friends and family, Cmdr. Jimmie J. Jensen relieved Cmdr. Severn B. Stevens as commanding officer of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during a change of command ceremony in Sasebo, Japan Dec. 21.
Pearl Harbor departs Singapore
The amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed Singapore on Jan. 5.
USS Hopper Arrives in 7th Fleet
INDIAN OCEAN – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) entered the 7th Fleet area of operations, Jan. 4.
Pearl Harbor arrives in Singapore
SINGAPORE (Jan 2, 2018) — The amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Singapore, Jan 2.
San Diego’s Christmas Spirit
USS SAN DIEGO, At Sea (NNS) – Christmas is the time that friends and family come together for a religious and cultural celebration.
CNO Visits CTF 70 Units in Japan
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) – Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson visited Sailors at various units under Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70 while travelling throughout Japan, Dec. 16-19.
JMSDF Members Visits Blue Ridge for Holiday Exchange
Members from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ship JS Uraga (MST 463) visited USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), U.S. 7th Fleet command ship, for an annual holiday gift exchange with Blue Ridge crew members Dec. 14.
USS Fitzgerald departs Yokosuka for Mississippi
YOKOSUKA, Japan - The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) sits aboard heavy lift transport vessel MV Transshelf after departing Fleet Activities Yokosuka and proceeding to anchorage in Yokosuka Harbor to make underway preparations.
Bonhomme Richard Advances 101 Sailors
SASEBO, Japan –Sailors, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), were frocked to the next paygrade during a ceremony held in the ship’s hangar bay, Dec. 5.
U.S.-Japan Complete 3JA Exercise
Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7 staff, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14) Detachment 2A, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) units successfully completed exercise 3JA Nov. 28.
U.S. Japan Complete 3JA Exercise
USS Chief (MCM 14), Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7 staff, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14) Detachment 2A...
USS Fitzgerald departs Fleet Activities Yokosuka
YOKOSUKA, Japan - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) is towed away from the pier at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka, Nov. 24, to meet heavy lift transport vessel MV Transshelf.
Eyes in the Sky
Safety is of the utmost importance while working on any Navy warship. Sailors are trained to work in safe conditions, with proper safety equipment.
Nimitz Navy Counselors Help Guide Careers
Navigating a career in the Navy can seem overwhelming at times. With all of the different options and programs available, it can be difficult for Sailors to know the best choices to make.
Flattened pieces of chicken are prepared on the counter, ready to be transformed. All of the prep work is about to be done.
Damage Control Drills
Damage Controlman 3rd Class Joshua Myers, from Detroit, performs a maintenance check on a fog machine aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83).
USS Ashland Conducts INSURV Rehearsal Underway
The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) conducted a rehearsal for Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) Nov. 7 as part of preparations for the ship’s official assessment scheduled for May 2018.
USS Chafee participates in multilateral MIO exercise
USS Chafee (DDG 90) will join ships from the Republic of Korea Navy and the Royal Australian Navy during a multilateral maritime interdiction operations (MIO) exercise in waters off the coast of the Republic of Korea, Nov. 6-7.
USS Ashland completes exercise Blue Chromite
PACIFIC OCEAN - The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) departed Okinawa Nov. 4 after completing of a series of amphibious operations as part of exercise Blue Chromite 18.